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Kuba Ikul Knife (N° 16899)
African art and iron work among the Kuba
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Severy tribes make up the Kuba group, established between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers: Bushoong, Ngeendé, Binji, Wongo, Kété, etc. Each of them has produced a variety of sculptures, statues, prestigious objects, masks, frequently decorated with geometric patterns.
The Kuba, whose name means " flash " also produced African tools and weapons, including jet knives, which later became transaction values, and heavy swords of war, Ilwoon .
Attribut, the Ikula knife (" of the peace,") is not a weapon but a symbol of social status. This symbol of authority was very little sharpened. The Kuba blacksmiths were able to draw inspiration from the knives of Benin, whose shape is similar, introduced by the Dutch. It was following a royal decree that wooden knives appeared, the king forbidding iron on full moon nights. The blade is crossed by a flat rib, and thin parallel lines form a ribbon pattern, marrying the curves of the knife. The handle is made of wood, its decorative engravings are abraded.
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